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There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Ok, I know we just started this stretch of mild weather, and it isn’t going to last long, but can you blame me for looking ahead?

December has been fantastic so far, so we can handle a few days of mild weather – especially when next week looks really promising for snowmaking and even some natural snow shots.

Brad broke down the weather for the weekend as well as looked at next week in his latest weather post.

Today will be a bluebird day alert as it is a gorgeous morning across the region. There will be six resorts open for play today with four more joining the fray over the coming days.

This is a perfect time to #ThankASnowmaker!

Here is a quick look at conditions this morning (in alphabetical order).

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App Ski Mountain – Playing on a 24-48″ base with a groomed surface. They have eight trails and five lifts in operation. As a friendly reminder, online reservations are required.

Beech Mountain – Beech is playing on 11 slopes with four lifts in operation. They are riding and sliding on a 22-37″ base with a groomed surface.

Cataloochee – In Maggie Valley, they are offering 11 trails with four lifts (including the quad later today) available. They are reporting a machine worked/packed powder surface with a 22-40″ base.

Ober Gatlinburg – Ober is rocking a 20-30″ base with groomed conditions (they did a #NoonSki broadcast on Tuesday and conditions looked fantastic). They are playing on five slopes with three lifts in operation. They are open from noon until 7p.

Snowshoe – Snowshoe is offering 19 slopes (including Lower Whistlepunk and Logslide) with four lifts spinning. They are reporting a 45″ base with a groomed surface at 4848′.

Sugar Mountain – Sugar is reporting a 29-66″ base with a manmade and frozen granular surface. They are offering ten slopes for play serviced by four lifts.

Each resort is requiring face coverings as well.

On Friday, Wisp Resort and Wolf Ridge will kick off the season, while Sapphire Valley and Winterplace are set to open for the season on Saturday.

We also received news late yesterday that Timberline will be opening up for a Preview Weekend this weekend.

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here… Thanks to the incredible efforts of our snowmaking crew, Timberline…

Posted by Timberline Mountain on Wednesday, December 9, 2020

While they are doing a limited opening this weekend, we don’t have an exact opening date on Timberline as of this morning.

Canaan Valley is set to open on Dec. 19, and we are keeping an eye out for Wintergreen’s opening date announcement that could come at any time.

Other resorts that haven’t set an opening date are Bryce, Massanutten, and Omni Homestead. Stay tuned and we will share those as soon as we get them.

That does it for today, but until next time, #ThinkSnow!


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